The February holiday started in Alberta, I think in 1988 or 1989, just before I moved here. They call it Family Day.
More and more provinces, especially in the past 3 years or so have also started doing Family Day, but it's still not in every province. I'm not sure which ones do and don't include it. I do know that Saskatchewan started it 2 or 3 years ago, as well (that's where I grew up).
Ok, just checked wikipedia. Apparently these provinces now have Family Day: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan (oh, they don't all call it Family Day - though some do - but these are the provinces that have a holiday on the 3rd Monday in Feb). Plus, B.C. just started it this year.
A little more info about the history:
"The holiday was first celebrated in 1990. Alberta was the only province in Canada to have a statutory holiday in February, until it was proposed in Saskatchewan beginning in 2007."
Ok, so it was 1990. I guess that was just a few months before I moved here (to go to university in September). I guess Sask started it longer ago than I thought, though.
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